There were no mens league matches this week due to the bank holiday, but plenty of other bowls.
The ladies team played on Saturday morning against Leinster. They had a strong start to the game and built a 9 – 2 lead after 8 ends. Leinster fought back to level the game 9 all after 11 ends. Railway won the next 2 ends to be 2 up going into the last end. Unfortunately the unluckily lost 3 shots to lose by 1.
On Thursday night Adam, Carrick, Derek and Paul Lynch played in the first round of the sixsmith at home to a St James Gate team. On what was considered the coldest night ever for a bowls game the Railway team played some hot stuff and were 21 – 3 up after 13 ends when the St James Gate team decided they had enough and conceded the match. They have been drawn at home to a Dun Laoghaire rink in the second round.
On Saturday afternoon Nigel Daly played his first round match in the Marper cup away to J Murphy of CYM. Home advantage is huge in bowls so for Nigel to beat a senior bowler 21 – 8 away is an amazing result.
The main event of the week was the speed bowls on Saturday afternoon. We played a round robin pairs competition. All teams played 4 games and the unbeaten winners were Paul Lynch and Paul Keeley. One possible issue from the day is that Paul Keeley’s back was very sore after carrying Paul Lynch all afternoon and might miss next weeks game. Everyone had a great day. Good sunny weather, very good rinks (5 & 6 on White) and some very tasty drinks